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  1. You are a braver man than me. That up close and personal with the biz end of a sperm whale would test my resolve.
  2. I searched for the Tokina 11-16 and have found a few threads including one from Undertow with example shots, but he was using a 9.5" dome. I will be taking quite a lot of split shots and shallow water shore diving shots. The Tokina 10-17 is not an option because of the barrel distortion. (Digital correction softens.) I also prefer the 11-16 over the 10-17 because I can switch to topside shots on the same trip without a second lens. If any can point to some example photos it would be greatly appreciated
  3. Tim, While I agree with what you say about certain pelagics in captivity, bringing people face to face does personalize them a bit more which will persuade more people to support their causes. (Orcas in a swimming pool is absurd, not referring to them.) If you want to go to the full tree hugger extreme perspective for just a moment, underwater photographers are very wasteful in terms of a high carbon footprint for their photo gear, travel, diving gear, diving transportation, etc. Absolutely none of it is an essential. Yet from a standpoint of personalizing the oceans, reefs, etc. I think recreational photography is a net positive for the environment.
  4. Thank you Rocha, exactly my point. I am not saying hunt GG's, all I said was I would not personally sign a petition against 400. However, I don't live there now so I am not suggesting what anyone else does, just stating why I wouldn't based on the observations I made. If you are going to continue to protect the GG's now that they seem to be doing better (at least where I was), then please do some studies on their impact of their prey combined with the added pressure of recreational and commercial fishing. And if that study points to increasing fishing restrictions on other species, then please do so. If you made the entire state of Florida catch and release only for all species that would be fine by me. I am not a fisherman and I don't even eat fish. Anyone who eats seafood is contributing to the problem by increasing demand. I am not a fanatical tree hugger so anyone who wants to eat fish, knock yourself out, just letting you know why I don't. Walt, sorry, but you misunderstood my point about private spots. I did not imply I knew of any secret honey holes with GG's. Anybody with a little bit of time can ride around and see where people are are anchored, especially locals or tour guides, and come back to the spots later. By private spot I meant they do not receive even a small fraction of the fishing pressure that more accessible spots like bridges and channels receive. From your comment it also sounds as if you think I am referring to the GG, I am not, I was referring to the prey fish: crevalle, snappers, grunts, etc.
  5. Could I get away with a pair of S&S YS-27 DX's for a compact dedicated super macro setup? (D90, Nikon 105, Subsee 10+) The strobes will be as close as possible but I still want as much light as needed.
  6. At least 2 patch reefs I know of had tons of fish for more than 7 years. In both cases after GG's took up residence, the decline in the fish was such to the point we finally quit going back after more than a year of continually checking it out. BTW, these were not spots targeted by fisherman or tourists. When you live in the keys a long time you find a lot of "private" spots so to speak. However, if you read my post carefully I am not making any scientific claims, my main point was that they should do more studies to know exactly what the impact is. Please re-read my post carefully, in at least three places I mention it is US my friend. Years ago fishermen were not harvesting GG's and the reefs did just fine, but there was also not a massive harvesting of other game fish at the same time. A continued complete protection of such an apex predator might have a negative impact on other game fish species because of the added pressure from fishermen. Having witnessed the rise in GG population for years and the related impact on the rest of the reef, I would never sign a petition against harvesting 400 fish. If it was a complete lifting of protection, count me in because GG's are just too voracious, inquisitive and friendly to survive on their own against fishermen.
  7. Thanks for the quick reply. Got it, will stick to basic LR tutorials.
  8. I have bought a couple of tutorial books for LR but I am better with video training. Would a tutorial like "Underwater Photoshop" be applicable to Lightroom? I don't need it to be exact, just that it uses similar tools and layer controls. Thanks
  9. (Guy behind the bar) "Yo buddy, you got your beer." (Guy in striped shirt) "Yep, definitely in your hand." (Guy with beer) "I can't hear either of you."
  10. Hi Walt, I consider myself a conservationist and Goliath Groupers are one of my favorite fish when diving in Florida. However, after living and diving for many years in the lower Keys, the "big picture" would have to include a study on the impact of continuing to protect an apex predator combined with added pressures on other species. Years ago the GG's declined severely and their protection did an excellent job of bringing them back. I don't think a limited collection would be the end of the world for a couple of reasons. First, their numbers have increased significantly. Second, they do have a dramatic impact on the reefs where they live. There is a definite decline in the number of fish on a reef when you have multiple resident GG's move in. This is not a hypothesis, I have seen it first hand on a couple of favorite dive spots. Years ago fishermen were not harvesting GG's and the reefs did just fine, but there was also not a massive harvesting of other game fish at the same time. A continued complete protection of such an apex predator might have a negative impact on other game fish species because of the added pressure from fishermen. Having witnessed the rise in GG population for years and the related impact on the rest of the reef, I would never sign a petition against harvesting 400 fish. If it was a complete lifting of protection, count me in because GG's are just too voracious, inquisitive and friendly to survive on their own against fishermen.
  11. Does anybody know if Reefnet is finally shipping their Subsee adapters? The only thing I could find was a thread on Digital Diver as late as October 9th, and still no word. I emailed Reefnet last week but no reply yet.
  12. News article about shark finning in Australia: Australia shark finning.
  13. Sorry, found what I was looking for here: Reefmote Control
  14. Did a search and was unable to find another post with this information. On the following page is a photo documentation of whale shark hunting from creating the hook all the way down to boxing for shipment. Whale Shark Hunting Photos It is from years past, but whale shark hunting still happens.
  15. This is an old thread but maybe someone will notice a new post What you are suggesting regarding the hotels and restaurants is a good idea, but the impact of shark fin soup is much broader. I have lived in China for the past year and a half and every single food store you go into has dozens if not hundreds of dried shark fins. If you figure thousands or tens of thousands of stores, then dozens to hundreds of fins per store, you are conservatively talking over a million fins in Chinese food stores at any one time. Then consider how many are sold and restocked. For those of you in Europe, if you want to do some good while at home about this issue, boycott Carrefour. Every single Carrefour store I have been to in China has dozens and dozens of shark fins in their dried fish section. This is a European based company, not some Asian food chain who can claim it is their culture. They stock the fins only for financial gain. If you want to have fun get a picture of shark fins with the giant Carrefour sign in the background. Then publish that back in Europe where people are more sensitive about the issue. Start a boycott Cerrefour website. That will generate some publicity for this entire movement. Another thing, you are addressing it from the perspective of the person making money off of it (restaurant and hotel owners). You can't just pick up a picket sign or start signing petitions, you need to consider their culture. If you try to go in and take an aggressive approach like boycotting, to be frank, all you are going to do is piss them off and they will ignore you for patronizing their culture. I think you would get a much greater impact just educating the general public. China is now much "greener" than you would think. Not only does the average Chinese consume far less paper and plastics then the average westerner, but they are also becoming quite green aware. I am referring educated city residents, not just 'villagers'. You constantly see pro green commercials on TV here in China. Someone mentioned that as more Chinese gain economical position they too will be able to afford or want to consume shark fin soup, but those same people are much more interested in a "worldly perspective" then just consuming shark fin soup. They tend to have a very willing ear towards conservation. If it were me and I wanted to make an impact on this issue I would appeal to the National Geographic channel and the Discovery channel to run educational programs on the subject. Most Chinese cable and satellite packages have the channels as an option. (The programs are in Chinese, not English.) In China every third commercial on Nat Geo or Discovery is a green message because they don't really have a lot or commercials selling products and they need to fill that space each hour. I would guess that for an hour long program, 45 minutes is content, 5 minutes are green messages, 5+ minutes are messages about upcoming programming, and the very small remaining bit is an actual "TV Commercial" as you think of them. So the Chinese already hear a lot of green messages on a regular basis and it seems well accepted. Nat Geo and Discovery are obviously already leaning the green direction, but due to the absence of me ever seeing any information on shark finning, perhaps they are avoiding broadcasting information because they are afraid of a "cultural conflict". If you are going to petition anyone, petition Nat Geo and Discovery, who already have the Chinese' eyes and ears every hour of every day. They must have a reason for pushing everything else green but anti shark fin soup messages, plus as eco active groups themselves they should be willing to listen. Maybe if you petition them they will tell you why they have not broadcast much about it, at least not in the past year ad a half that I have been watching. I saw quite a few programs that you would consider "anti establishment". For example, programs on Tiananmen Square, China's pollution problems, etc. So I can't imagine that Nat Geo and Discovery are being forbidden by China to run a shark fin program, but maybe so...
  16. Who are you referring to? I would like to check out his work
  17. Thanks for the reminder. Just ordered 6 books from Amazon (3 UWP, 3 LR2) for sitting under the palm trees in a few days trees with a nice cold one
  18. As a website developer I can tell you setting up a Flickr site is much better than a personal website because of the residual traffic. For a small fee you can modify your Flickr site to be pretty attractive. I have seen some real nice sites with black backgrounds, fading slideshows, etc. If you are looking to sell photos a lot of people prefer the commission sites, again because of the exposure. I am not against personal sites, they have their purposes, but in terms of traffic and exposure it is not even close. Obviously if you are a well established photographer then your own site is "more professional", but by then you have enough residual interest. For someone starting out you have three basic website options for exposure: 1- public sites like Flickr and Photobucket. 2- commission sites like seapics.com. 3- personal website. I would do all three for different reasons, but the personal website would be my lowest priority. Keep your website very simple and clean. It allows visitors to find what they are looking for quickly and easily, and it allows you to update quickly and easily. Too many websites throw in all the bells and whistles then rarely get updated. There is no need for fancy designs, blogs or lengthy bios about your adventures or philosophical take on the world. A simple bio listing your experience or references and well organized galleries is more than enough.
  19. Sorry to be a skeptic but something smells a little fishy here. If he wants to use your images that's fine but the modifications to your account is also a method used to build up credibility for later scams against somebody else. The best thing to do is give permission to use your content (if you want), then look to see what he does with it, but do not modify your profile or comments in any way.
  20. Too big Size is not that much different if you get an aluminum case for the DSLR. Ikelite housing G10: 7x6x6x Aquatica housing D90: 8x6x7 Handles and strobes are the same size. Lenses are larger but not enough to push me off the image quality. No live view Quite a few DSLR cameras like D90 and D300 have Live View. Too expensive Yeah, that one hurts...
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